I was lucky enough to read an early ARC of debut author Diana Urban’s first novel, All Your Twisted Secrets, and it. is. so. good! Rife with tension, teenage drama, a love triangle, backstabbing, and secrets — not to mention a syringe of poison and a bomb (!) — All Your Twisted Secrets is Agatha Christie meets The Breakfast Club and the perfect YA thriller to keep you up all night.
After reading Red, White & Royal Blue this past spring, I’ve been on the hunt for stories to satisfy my craving for more wholesome teen romance. With its smart, tech-savvy, sassy protagonists, Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, seemed promising, but, alas, its focus on social media and the resultant drama detracted from the juicy, captivating parts of relationships, and I found it hard to stay invested.
Holy wow this book is everything. Casey McQuiston — with her debut novel (!) — gives readers exactly what we didn’t know we needed: a rom-com not to be forgotten that’s House of Cards meets Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.
Nnedi Okorafor writes captivating science fiction and fantasy. The Binti trilogy, as well as Akata Witch and Akata Warrior have astounded me, and I’m amazed at her world-building ability and her portrait and characterization of protagonists Binti and Sunny.